Burna Boy attends the Burberry Spring Summer 2024 show during London Fashion Week on September 18, 2023 in London, England.
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Burna Boy Dropped a Video for “City Boys” — Here’s a Breakdown of the Song

Burna Boy dropped a video for his song, "City Boys" — a single off his highly-anticipated album 'I Told Them.' Here's a breakdown of the song!


Oct. 30 2023, Updated 1:50 p.m. ET

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Popular Nigerian artist Burna Boy has released dozens of successful songs throughout his career, and his hard work has paid off; he has the RIAA certifications to prove it.

And with the success of his highly anticipated album, I Told Them, it doesn't look like the Grammy Award-winning rapper is simmering down anytime soon.

Following the project's release, the rapper dropped a visual for his single, "City Boys," which set the streets ablaze and secured a spot on the Billboard Global 200.

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The YouTube video reached nearly 20 million views in just a few weeks, making it one of his most successful singles in the past few years. Read on for details on the meaning of the song, his 2023-2024 tour, and more!

Burna Boy performs at Roskilde Festival 2023 on June 29, 2023 in Roskilde, Denmark.
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Burna Boy dropped a video for "City Boys" — here's a breakdown of the song's meaning.

While there aren't any other artists vocally joining Burna on the track, the song itself is a collaboration. Several music industry icons, including singer Jeremih and songwriter Mick Schultz, had writing credits on it.

Listeners will find that "City Boys" is a love letter to African men that empowers them to be comfortable and confident in their skin.

"There was a time in life when we weren’t popping," Burna said in an interview with KISS FRESH. "You had to be a light-skinned boy. Did you not have Chris Brown on your wall? Let’s be real, we weren’t popping. We were getting called all types of names. It is what it is, you know."

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As one of the only Nigerian men in mainstream music, Burna is also one of the only artists to bring a spotlight to this stereotype. It shows just how much he cares about his culture.

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But Burna does not want to be defined by how many streams his music gets and the awards he receives for his work. Instead, performing is what excites the music artist the most.

Everything you need to know about Burna Boy's 'I Told Them' tour.

If you are a fan of Burna's album, then you are in luck. The singer is set to embark on a global tour to celebrate the project with his loyal fanbase.

"It's like I'm better at [performing] than making music. And that says a lot because I'm really good at making music," Burna told Billboard.

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"You see how with Christ, there’s B.C. and A.D.? I feel like that’s how it is for me with performing," he added. "There’s going to be a ‘Before Burna Came’ and ‘After Burna’s Death’ time period in the performing arts world. That’s my legacy."

Burna Boy performs at London Stadium on June 03, 2023 in London, England.
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The African artist kicks off his five-month tour, which includes stops in Los Angeles, Germany, Texas, and more, in November 2023. Tickets are currently available on his website. He has yet to announce whether or not any other artists will be joining him.

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